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Recreation Programs

ADECA's Recreational Programs assist Alabama communities in promoting outdoor activities, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and developing eco-tourism opportunities through two federal grants, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program.

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Recreational Program Information:
Land and Water Conservation Fund
2017 LWCF Awards Map
LWCF Information and Application Documents
Recreational Trails Program​
​2017 RTP Awards Map
RTP Information and Application Documents
​ADECA Recreation Programs Implementation Documents


Land and Water Conservation Fund

The U. S. Department of Interior, Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides funding to Alabama cities and counties for the development or establishment of outdoor recreational areas. Projects include parks, playgrounds, forest and wildlife refuges, recreational lakes and ponds, outdoor playing fields, and picnic and camping areas.

The LWCF Program was created in 1965 “…to assist in preserving, developing and assuring accessibility to all citizens of the United States of America of present and future generations …such quality and quantity of outdoor recreation resources as may be available and are necessary and desirable for individual active participation…”  The program provides matching grants to states, and through the states to local governments, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

All political subdivisions of the state are eligible to participate in the LWCF program. As such, municipalities, counties, state agencies and state authorities created by the legislature may apply for LWCF assistance. However, state or local educational institutions are prohibited from participating.

LWCF assistance can be used to acquire land and water interests for park purposes, develop new outdoor recreation facilities, and in certain instances renovate existing recreational facilities. 

Virtually all public outdoor recreation activities are eligible for assistance under the program including playgrounds, ball fields (including lights [concrete poles only]), court sports, picnic areas, camping areas, tracks, trails, swimming facilities, etc. In addition, support facilities such as concession stands, comfort stations, park access roads, parking areas, utilities and site preparation necessary to make a recreation activity area usable may qualify for assistance. The project sponsor must either own or have a perpetual interest in land that is developed with LWCF assistance.

The LWCF program provides 50 percent matching assistance to project sponsors. The project sponsor may provide the remaining 50 percent of the project cost in the form of cash or in-kind/donated services. Grant funds are distributed to project sponsors on a cost-reimbursable basis.

The following program criteria apply to all applicants seeking LWCF assistance:

  • Existing outdoor recreation facilities must be owned and managed by an eligible project sponsor; be well maintained, and the need for LWCF assistance documented in Alabama's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
  • The project sponsor must agree to manage and operate its LWCF assisted site for outdoor recreation purposes in perpetuity.
  • The project sponsor must agree to comply with all other laws, rules and regulations associated with the LWCF program.

2017 LWCF Awards Map


LWCF Information and Application Documents

01 2017 LWCF Program Summary.docx01 2017 LWCF Program Summary
02 2017 LWCF Grant Application.doc02 2017 LWCF Grant Application
03 Alabama LWCF Fact Sheet.pdf03 Alabama LWCF Fact Sheet
04 The Outdoor Recreation Economy.pdf04 The Outdoor Recreation Economy
05 LWCF Coalition - Alabama.pdf05 LWCF Coalition - Alabama
06 Recreation Area Inventory Form.xlsx06 Recreation Area Inventory Form


External documents

National Park Service Proposal Description and Environmental Screening Form (PD/ESF)

National Park Service Categorical Exclusions List​

Land and Water Conservation Fund Description and Notification Form – DNF

Application for Federal Assistance - SF 424

Budget Information Non-Construction Programs – SF 424A

Statement of Assurances Non-Construction Programs – SF 424B

Budget Information Construction Programs – SF 424C

Statement of Assurances Construction Programs – SF 424D

LWCF Manual


Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is funded by the U. S. Department of Transportation and provides funding assistance to federal agencies, states, local governments and nonprofit organizations for the development and improvement of recreational areas such as walking, jogging, cycling, skating, backpacking, off-highway vehicle and horseback riding trails. 

The Recreational Trails Program was created in 1998 to assist in acquiring, developing or improving trail and trail-related resources. Eligible applicants include federal and state agencies, local governments and private sector organizations.

The Federal share for the program is 80 percent of the total eligible project costs up to either $50,000 or $100,000. The non-Federal share (20 percent) may come from state, local or private sources, including volunteer labor and donated materials. Other Federal shares cannot be included unless specific legislation allows funds to be used for the matching share (e.g., HUD Community Development Block Grants, Public Works Employment Act of 1976). Grant funds are distributed to project sponsors on a cost-reimbursable basis.

Applications may be submitted for the following activities:

  • Development of urban trail linkages near homes and workplaces (includes trail linkages to schools, parks, and existing trails)
  • Maintenance of existing recreational trails
  • Restoration of areas damaged by usage of recreational trails and back country terrain
  • The provision of features which facilitate the access and use of trails by persons with disabilities
  • The acquisition of easements for trails or for corridors identified in the state trail plan
  • The acquisition of fee simple title to property from a willing seller for trail development
  • The construction of new trails on state, county, municipal or private lands where a recreational need for such construction is shown
  • Development of trail-side and trail-head facilities that meet goals identified by the National Recreational Trails Advisory Committee (This includes trail components or associated facilities which serve the purpose and safe use of the recreational trail and may include but are not limited to the following: 1) Drainage, 2) Crossings, 3) Stabilization, 4) Parking, 5) Signage, 6) Controls, 7) Shelters, and 8) Water, Sanitary, and Access Facilities.)
  • Purchase of trail maintenance equipment (certain restrictions apply)
  • Only as otherwise permissible, and where necessary and required by the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), construction of new trails crossing federal lands, where such construction is approved by the administering agency of the state, and the federal agency or agencies charged with management of all impacted lands, such approval to be contingent upon compliance by the federal agency with all applicable laws.

2017 RTP Awards Map


RTP Information and Application Documents

01 2018-19 RTP Program Summary.doc01 2018-19 RTP Program Summary
02 RTP Overview and Guidance.doc02 RTP Overview and Guidance
03 2016 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report.pdf03 2016 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report
04 Tips for Project Sponsors.docx04 Tips for Project Sponsors
05 2018-19 RTP Grant Application.doc05 2018-19 RTP Grant Application



collapse Section : 01 General Administration ‎(9)
Administrative Manual - Recreational Programs.pdfAdministrative Manual - Recreational Programs
LWCF Policy Letter 1 - Equipment Rates.pdfLWCF Policy Letter 1 - Equipment Rates
LWCF Policy Letter 2 – Volunteer Rates.pdfLWCF Policy Letter 2 – Volunteer Rates
LWCF Policy Letter 3 - Sponsor Labor.pdfLWCF Policy Letter 3 - Sponsor Labor
RTP Policy Letter 2 - Equipment Rates.pdfRTP Policy Letter 2 - Equipment Rates
RTP Policy Letter 3 – Volunteer Rates.pdfRTP Policy Letter 3 – Volunteer Rates
RTP Policy Letter 4 - Sponsor Labor.pdfRTP Policy Letter 4 - Sponsor Labor
Beason-Hammon Policy Memo.pdfBeason-Hammon Policy Memo
DUNS Number and FAQ.pdfDUNS Number and FAQ
collapse Section : 02 Startup ‎(5)
Bidding and Contracting Compliance Questionnaire.docBidding and Contracting Compliance Questionnaire
Bidding and Contracting Compliance Questionnaire Attachments A and B.docBidding and Contracting Compliance Questionnaire Attachments A and B
Certification Form.docCertification Form
W-9 IRS Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.pdfW-9 IRS Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification
Alabama Disclosure Statement - 2014.pdfAlabama Disclosure Statement - 2014
collapse Section : 03 Environmental ‎(4)
ADECA - SHPO Programmatic Agreement.pdfADECA - SHPO Programmatic Agreement
Proposal Description and Environmental Screening Form.docxProposal Description and Environmental Screening Form
Environmental Assessment Format.docxEnvironmental Assessment Format
National Park Service NEPA Handbook.pdfNational Park Service NEPA Handbook
collapse Section : 04 Contracting and Procurement ‎(11)
Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) Notification.pdfOffice of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) Notification
Checklist for Construction Contract Procedures.docChecklist for Construction Contract Procedures
Checklist for Small Purchase Procedures.docChecklist for Small Purchase Procedures
Checklist for Professional Services Procurement Procedures.docChecklist for Professional Services Procurement Procedures
Beason-Hammon Certificate of Compliance.docBeason-Hammon Certificate of Compliance
Beason-Hammon Contract Clause.docBeason-Hammon Contract Clause
Department of Examiners of Public Accounts Alabama Competitive Bid and Public Works Laws.pdfDepartment of Examiners of Public Accounts Alabama Competitive Bid and Public Works Laws
LWCF and RTP Contract Agreement Special Provisions.docLWCF and RTP Contract Agreement Special Provisions
Small Purchase Quotation Form.xlsSmall Purchase Quotation Form
Required Contract Provisions Federal-Aid Construction Contracts.pdfRequired Contract Provisions Federal-Aid Construction Contracts
Sample Required Termination Clauses.docxSample Required Termination Clauses
collapse Section : 05 Time, Travel, and Equipment ‎(6)
Alabama Recreation Programs Equipment Rental Rates Form.docxAlabama Recreation Programs Equipment Rental Rates Form
Travel Reimbursement Form - In State.xlsTravel Reimbursement Form - In State
Travel Reimbursement Form - Out of State.xlsTravel Reimbursement Form - Out of State
Time and Equipment Usage Form.xlsTime and Equipment Usage Form
Value of Volunteer Time.pdfValue of Volunteer Time
FEMA Schedule of Equipment Rates (2017).pdfFEMA Schedule of Equipment Rates (2017)
collapse Section : 06 Financial ‎(8)
Reimbursement Request Checklist.docReimbursement Request Checklist
STAARS Vendor Self Service.pdfSTAARS Vendor Self Service
Material Receipt (PMU-1).xlsMaterial Receipt (PMU-1)
Reimbursement Request Form.xlsReimbursement Request Form
Reimbursement Procedures Power Point.pptReimbursement Procedures Power Point
Property Managment Form.docProperty Managment Form
Reimbursement Request Divider Pages.docxReimbursement Request Divider Pages
Do and Dont with Public Funds.pdfDo and Dont with Public Funds
collapse Section : 07 Close Out ‎(7)
RTP Post Construction Certification Form.pdfRTP Post Construction Certification Form
Boundary Map Specifications.pdfBoundary Map Specifications
LWCF Post Construction Certification Form.pdfLWCF Post Construction Certification Form
Limitation of Use Requirement.pdfLimitation of Use Requirement
LWCF Post-Completion Responsibilities.pdfLWCF Post-Completion Responsibilities
LWCF Signage Requirements.pdfLWCF Signage Requirements
RTP Signage Requirements.pdfRTP Signage Requirements

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